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To bee or not to be

Five-year-old Brixton Miller stood eager and excited, announcing he was pretty sure he was going to win his grade level, proud that he had studied not only kindergarten words, but first grade words, as well.

Sue Langley

How I save money in the garden

More than anything, here in our foothills, I wanted a beautiful garden and though I had no experience gardening in deer and snow country and a small budget, I just began digging and let experience be my teacher.

Cathie Campbell

Eggs, those little devils

It’s been about four years since I focused on deviled eggs, and in fact, I haven’t prepared any at home for quite some time. Right around Easter or just after, I always used to make pickled eggs and beets, probably because I always had lots of leftover hard-boiled eggs and there are usually some pretty decent sales on eggs due to their popularity at that time.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast, the Disney animated classic from 1991, holds a special place in my heart. It was the first movie I saw in its original run in theaters. The film kicked off a lifelong love of movies, and in that time I’ve seen a scant few that were on its level. But I’ve also seen many worse movies, including the new live-action Beauty and the Beast.

KOMB

For the Kids

We were happy to learn recently that all schools in Eastern Madera County have recycling programs. The future lies in our children’s hands, so let’s engage them in activities that will increase their awareness of being good stewards of the earth.

Cathie Campbell

Everything’s green

St. Patrick’s Day is a time when a lot of folks like to wear something green. Word has it you are likely to get pinched if you don’t. I don’t have any green clothes, but I just pin on a crocheted shamrock made out of green yarn. Since green is the traditional color of this holiday, I got to thinking that it might be fun to enjoy some green food. Not green eggs and ham, and certainly not anything that turns green from being in the refrigerator too long. Just some tasty, attractive and fun things we can serve and eat on that day when we all turn Irish.

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Kong: Skull Island

I bet when most people hear the term “Viet Cong” for the first time, they snicker at a mental image of King Kong fighting in Vietnam. Almost everyone outgrows this joke in about a minute, but not the makers of Kong: Skull Island.

Cathie Campbell

Logan

After 17 years, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are saying goodbye to the X-Men roles of Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier, respectively. And I truly believe that this is it for them.

Living

A memorable musical nite

Last Saturday night people were treated to superb musicians, grand arrangements, angelic voices, and even a talented tap dancer - at the Hollywood Bowl? Carnegie Hall? Fresno’s Saroyan Theater? Nope - all the above were heard and seen at the Harry H. Baker, Jr. Gymnasium on the Yosemite High School campus during the 9th Annual Nite on the Town concert.

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Celebrating Seuss

In honor of Dr. Seuss, Oakhurst’s First 5 celebrated Read Across America at the Children’s Museum of the Sierra last week.

Cathie Campbell

Are you ready for spring?

I have mixed feelings about spring, as I have been thoroughly enjoying all the rainstorms we have had, and even the snow days as long as I don’t have to go out on the roads. Luckily, I have not had to deal with any rain damage. Also, spring means allergy season, and I am not too fond of that. But aside from pollen, I must admit I love the blooms and blossoms, seeing all the birds coming out of hiding and the warmth of a sunny day. Spring time also means the arrival of many seasonal local foods and farmers markets. There are so many delicious things one can do with fresh produce. Here are some recipes you might like to try.

Cathie Campbell

Wearin’ o’ the green comes again

So here we are, into our third month of 2017 already. Can you believe it? Time really does fly. Every year at this time I eagerly await the arrival of packaged corned beef in the meat departments of our grocery stores. I almost hate to admit how much I like corned beef and cabbage meals, but here goes the truth: a few years ago I prepared that meal nine times. Yeah, you read it correctly, nine times. I figured that since I loved the meal so much, why limit the enjoyment of it to just once a year (although I can see the wisdom of that). Even my cat went through a period of yowling to be fed every time she knew we were about to eat corned beef, but I’m sure something like that is not good for her (or me).

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